what-is-a-webinar by truth4reviews

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									What Are Webinars?

As the name implies, webinars are seminars which are web-based. They are
also referred to as online workshops or online seminars. Webinars have
many uses such as building a brand, generating sales leads, training
groups of people, press conferences, corporate announcements and focus
groups.

Webinars are similar to conference based seminar; the only difference is
that the participants listen to the audio through telephones and view the
presentation by their web browser. The main feature of webinar is the
interactive element which is the ability to discuss, give and receive
information. It is different to “webcast” which doesn’t allow interaction
between the audience and presenter.

Numerous companies have started offering webinar as an exchange to the
traditional face-to-face seminars. Companies are acquiring the advantages
that webinars give. These vary from flexibility to cost efficiency.
Participants will not have to travel just to attend a seminar; they can
learn on the comfort of their homes and their most convenient times.
Other benefits are cost reduction, ability to reach much larger audience,
lets future playback and can be recorded digitally.

Companies can save a lot from traveling budget   and other expenses
relative to trainings. A computer, an internet   access and a phone line
are just the items needed to attend a webinar.   Materials like handouts
can be printed and are downloadable and can be   maintained as reference
file.

Webinars also help marketers reach larger audience immediately. The
geographically scattered colleagues may be able to work and collaborate
as a team. Announcements can be posted to all the employees no matter
where they are. Attendees and presenters can collaborate and interact
through Q&A, document sharing and live polls; thus attendees can easily
participate and learn from the activity.

The usual model for a webinar may be to offer a 5 week course and during
which diverse lecture and module is uploaded on a specific day, for
example, Monday. Registrants will have 1 week to take in the information.

If you are not into webinar hosting, you can just attend or let your
employees participate on one. There are those with reasonable price and
some are offered free. There are those which can be viewed and archived
on demand. The archived webinars are made available for the viewing
public; this can be accessed at Archived Webinars Page.

Looking for a webinar to attend will take a little research. If you’re
always receiving invitations to online seminars, wait for the provider’s
broadcast of an event. Also keep your eyes on upcoming webinars on trade
magazines. Check websites for any webinars that have appealing topics
since technology and universities are holding them.

Before registering on a webinar, do your homework first. Research the
credentials of the presenter and the costs accompanying it. Even if the
online seminar is free, try to analyze if it will be worthy of your and
your subordinate’s time.

At first glance, webinars may seem less effective and meeting a person is
better. But in various ways, the discussion group is a more effective
method of communication. The discussion boards allow exchange of
knowledge and information wherein the speaker also participate. The
discussions are maintained online and anyone can review it anytime; this
will let information propagate in many ways physical meeting cannot.

Webinars are fastly becoming the latest choice in web conferencing.
Through its accessibility and low cost, companies can hold interactive
meeting. Take advantage of the internet communication through attending
or having your own web based seminars. You can also let your employees
attend them for their development. Just do your research first and let
your webinars help you with your success.

								
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